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General Category => General Questions => Topic started by: reddsistah on July 03, 2012, 09:41:29 AM

Title: Box vs. course?
Post by: reddsistah on July 03, 2012, 09:41:29 AM
Hi everyone.
Quick question. Has anyone ever used Medical Billing in a Box? Is it thorough in giving what you need to start your home medical billing business? And for is it worth the price? If billing in a box has basically the same thing as the cousre, then I'm going with the box because it's more affordable for me right now.

Any thoughts or advice? Suggestions? Please let me know.
Title: Re: Box vs. course?
Post by: PMRNC on July 04, 2012, 08:43:52 AM
Neither will give you everything you need. Never seen Medical billing in a box, doesn't sound very professional to me as i can't see learning any business out of a box, doesn't exist IMHO.   Medical Billing Course is a great course and many of our members have taken it and gone on to succeed, however I believe even they will tell you it's not ALL you need to get started. The one way the course differs from others is the way it is designed for the medical billing company rather than most courses that really don't focus much on the business startup end of things.   But again, there's no way to tell what each person needs, there's no ONE way serves all in this industry. It's fast paced and ever changing and ALL of us (new and old) are still learning and have to stay on with continued educational seminars, books, etc. 
Title: Re: Box vs. course?
Post by: reddsistah on July 05, 2012, 08:31:46 AM
I was looking at it from the aspect of the materials you get from each course. I do need somehing that will help with the business setup side of things. And the billing in a box seem to have that. But the billing course has the accreditation of CPB.
It's just the cost that gets me.

Thanks for the info and your input.
Title: Re: Box vs. course?
Post by: PMRNC on July 05, 2012, 10:16:03 AM
I always tell people that the certification given is ONLY as good as the education behind it. It's for you, because doctors really have no clue who any of these companies or associations are. They just want someone competent. I can assign the alphabet to my name and it will never be a second thought to a provider.  In terms of cost, I can't say I look at cost as a priority.. remember that you are looking into starting a business, it's not like selling Avon where you need to purchase your kit and your off and selling. This business is extremely brutal, demanding and requires a good amount of start up capital to do it right. Although I have seen many courses and business opportunities in my career I can honestly say there is NO one that is going to give you everything you need.  If someone told me .. buy this "Open a pizza place in a box" and you'll have everything you need to open a pizza place, I'd surely scratch my head and know that's just not possible. Your dealing with physicians revenue, their bread and butter and government regulations where there is NO room for ignorance... some mistakes can cost you your business, cost your client THEIR practice, and land you in hot water legally.   My advice is to research all of your options and look at the full content of what's offered in terms of education, not cost. I'm not saying to watch your costs, certainly you will need to curve costs to start up, but not on your education, that's the one area you do NOT want to skimp on.   JMHO
Title: Re: Box vs. course?
Post by: reddsistah on July 05, 2012, 06:52:14 PM
Thanks Linda I appreciate that. When it comes to education vs. cost, education comes first. Thank you.
Title: Re: Box vs. course?
Post by: Michele on July 17, 2012, 12:44:24 PM
Wow, I haven't been able to get on for a couple days so I'm playing catchup.  Anyway, the 'billing in a box' is us (Alice and Michele) LOL and the funniest part is we just this week decided we needed to rename it because we didn't like the name!  So as I read this I sit here laughing.  What it actually is, is all of the products we have on starting a medical billing business.  It doesn't teach billing, but it covers pricing, contracts, marketing, etc.  Linda's advice is right on though.   ;)
Title: Re: Box vs. course?
Post by: KarenH on July 18, 2012, 10:08:49 AM
I think that after a good education whichever one you decide on, what Michelle and Alice have to offer will be priceless for you in starting your business, when I started I wish I was able to find something like that.

I wouldn't skimp on your education and I would check different courses and see what they have to offer you. Not one will give you everything you need and you will always keep learning.
Title: Re: Box vs. course?
Post by: reddsistah on August 28, 2012, 05:36:20 PM
thanks Michele. i think i will do the medical billing first then the box. lol! thanks again.